International Journal of Home Science
2019, VOL. 5 ISSUE 1, PART B
Living conditions and upkeep as antecedents related to academic performance of Zimbabwean female students in Masvingo tertiary institutions
Author(s): Dr. Lilian Manwa, Dr. Lokadhia Manwa and Dr. Jenet Mudekunye
This study sought to explore the nature of living conditions and upkeep of female students in tertiary institutions. A qualitative approach was adopted in order to solicit data for the case study. A sample of forty participants was conveniently selected from a population of six hundred female students in two tertiary institutions in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. Data were collected from the female students using open-ended questionnaires and focus group discussions. Data were presented in narrative form and analysed thematically in line with objectives. The findings from this study revealed that female students in the tertiary institutions are enduring poor living conditions and lack of proper upkeep. The study indicated that lack of equipment and finances to cater for their upkeep was seen to be negatively affecting their academic performance. Stress which emanates from poor living conditions and lack of finances is causing most female students to produce sub-standard work. The study also revealed that poor academic performance may hinder the female students from finding high paying jobs which would empower them and improve their economic status. This study recommends that the government and all stake holders re-visit their policies regarding the funding of female students in tertiary education. The study recommends that the government should consider making provision of good living conditions and enough finances for the female students’ upkeep as important antecedents related to achieving academic performance. The government may achieve this by re-introducing full bursaries for all students in tertiary education.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Lilian Manwa, Dr. Lokadhia Manwa and Dr. Jenet Mudekunye. Living conditions and upkeep as antecedents related to academic performance of Zimbabwean female students in Masvingo tertiary institutions. International Journal of Home Science. 2019; 5(1): 93-99.